How To Treat A Double Chin: The best surgical and non-surgical treatment options

A lot of men and women struggle with a double chin. Even if you’re relatively fit and healthy, fat tends to collect in this area. This can leave you feeling self-conscious and completely change the shape of your face.

According to recent research, 66% of women find double chin to be the top concern in the facial area – and this is understandable. After all, your face is probably the first thing that other people see, and a double chin is an unsightly addition to that first impression. For a long time, the only treatment option for a double chin was surgery. However, this has all changed because of recent medical advances. If you struggle with a double chin, here are some of the options that are available.


What Causes a Double Chin?

A double chin is caused by a layer of fat that gathers underneath the chin and looks a bit like a small pouch. It can be very difficult to eliminate a double chin once it appears, though there are several exercises you can try. The following issues can contribute to your double chin:

 – Age

As the skin ages, it loses elasticity, which means it hangs loosely and gives the appearance of a double chin.

– Genetics

If people in your family tend to have a double chin then it’s more likely that you will too.

– Weight gain

If you’re overweight or obese, this will add to the amount of extra fat all over your body, including under your chin.

– Poor posture

Your neck and chin are surrounded and supported by muscles. If your posture is bad, this can make the muscles in this area weaker and cause the skin to lose its elasticity, creating a double chin.


Surgical Treatments

For a long time, the only way to fix a double chin was to have surgery. This can be an extremely effective treatment option, but it also carries the same risks as any other type of surgery. The surgical treatments for this condition include:

* Liposuction, which removes the offending fat directly from the area.

* Face lift, where the fat and loose skin are removed and pulled tight.

* Neck lift, which encompasses several different types of surgeries which can remove the extra skin or tighten the neck muscles.


Fat Dissolving Injections

There are now non-surgical treatments which will help eliminate a double chin and one of the most effective is a fat dissolving injection called Belkyra. This is very similar to anti-wrinkle injections, where small injections are made into the affected area. The injections use deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally occurring acid in the body that digests fat. When it’s injected into a double chin it literally dissolves the fat cells and results in the area becoming tighter and smaller.

This treatment takes about 20 minutes to complete and the mild pain of the injections can be eliminated with some basic pain treatments. The injections do cause some bruising in the immediate area, but this usually subsides in a few days. The treatment takes about 4-6 weeks to work and you will probably need more than one treatment before you notice any visible effects. However, most patients report an obvious shrinking and tightening of the chin area after just 2 treatments.

Fat-dissolving injections is a fantastic treatment, with remarkable results! It is a cutting edge procedure that has only been made available in Australia last year. The beauty of fat-dissolving injections is that unlikely other cosmetic injections such as anti-wrinkle injections, the results are permanent. So, patients don’t have to come on a regular basis for top ups as they do with other cosmetic injections.

This permanent fat dissolving treatment achieves results that are on par with liposuction, without the added costs of hospital and anaesthetist, and the risks associated with surgery.

So if you feel self-conscious because of a double chin, there are now several options open to you. Talk to our doctors and nurses at Taylor Clinic to find out which is right for you.

At the forefront of cosmetic medicine, Sydney’s premier Taylor Clinic at Bella Vista awaits you. Contact us for more info on 1300 003 223 or click here to Book NOW.

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